My Kitchen Helper

My Kitchen Helper Tim Pierce

Encourage a child to help prepare meals while learning basic cooking skills.

Materials Needed:

  • A plastic knife
  • Pieces of food (raw carrot, potato, tomato, cucumber etc.)
  • A vegetable peeler
  • Cutting board

What to do:

  • While in the kitchen preparing dinner get your child involved. Place a cutting board on the table along with a few pieces of food.
  • Demonstrate to your child how they can use the peeler to peel the skin off the vegetables or how to cut the vegetables using a plastic knife.
  • Talk to your child about the different textures and which vegetables or either hard or soft.
  • Your child will love helping you out in the kitchen and best of all they will become more familiar with foods.

Hints and Tips:

  • The more involved your child is in the kitchen the more likely they will eat or their food up.
  • Buy your child their very own chopping board and make this a part of the cooking routine.
  • Talk to your child about what you are doing while you are preparing the food and give them simple tasks to do.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 2 year+
  • Number of Children: Couple (2), Few (3), Small Group (4)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    - Hands better control over cutting.
    - Increased hand-eye coordination.
    - Pays attention to an activity for longer periods of time.
    - Begins to understand and correctly use adjectives.

  • Play Based Learning: Sensory Play, Manipulative Play
  • Interest Areas: Cooking Area, Home Corner
  • Games Categories: Family Games, Fine Motor Skills, Manipulation Games, Sensory Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 1, Learning Outcome 3, Learning Outcome 4
  • Sub Outcomes:

    LO1 - Children Have A Strong Sense Of Identity

    1.2 Children develop their emerging autonomy inter-dependence resilience and sense of agency

    LO3 - Children Have A Strong Sense Of Well Being

    3.2 Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing

    LO4 - Children Are Confident And Involved Learners

    4.3 Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

    4.4 Children resource their own learning through connecting with people place technologies and natural and processed materials

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Last modified on Friday, February 6, 2015
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